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Travel: How to spend 48 hours in… Bristol

© GettyClifton Suspension Bridge,
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol




Nestled in the hills of south west England, Bristol is a city packed with rich stories of tradition and heritage, but also with a modern, vibrant identity.

There are plenty of areas and attractions to explore, most within walking distance of the heart of the city.

The Radisson Blu Hotel is ideally located in the centre of town, and the high-rise building has great views over the harbour and all the facilities you’ll need for your stay from around £85 per night.



There’s a great choice in Bristol from Michelin star eateries to the infamous Jason Donervan kebab stand.

City institution Pieminister is worth a visit for a taste of pie and mash (or almost any side imaginable), and pizza and cider are served perfectly together at The Stable on the city’s quays.

For a lighter meal, there are street food stalls down by the waterfront at the Cascade Steps.



The city’s waterfront has plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by over a drink, including BSB The Waterside, No1 Harbourside and The Grain Barge, where you step onto a converted canal boat overlooking the SS Great Britain.

A hidden gem is Smoke & Mirrors, which hosts magic and comedy shows. Even if you don’t fancy the full show in its theatre, magicians will visit your table as you sip your pint in the bar.

For rum fans, Bristol & Bath Distillery is also well worth a visit. It serves over 150 varieties from around the world, as well as their own concoctions.



Bristol’s most iconic landmark is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by a young Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spanning the Avon Gorge, there are terrific views to admire as you walk across – although looking down isn’t for the faint-hearted.

There’s also a rock face nearby that has become so shiny from Bristolians sliding down on their backsides that it’s become something of an attraction.

The SS Great Britain and Being Brunel museum are worth a visit to see some more of the famous engineer’s work, and you can save money on tickets by buying online.

Street artist Banksy grew up in Bristol, with some of his earliest work hidden around the city. Walking tours will take you round his top pieces, as well as the work of others who have been inspired by the mystery man.

Have a browse too through the vibrant St Nicholas Market – it’s packed with unique gifts, vintage clothing, fresh farm produce and gourmet confectionery.